to my duty and responsibility as an officer.
The utter hopelessness that was reflected in his face must have been
the counterpart of what I myself felt, but in that brief instant I
determined to hide my own misgivings that I might bolster up the
courage of the others.
"We are lost!" was written as plainly upon Taylor's face as though his
features were the printed words upon an open book. He was thinking of
the launch, and of the launch alone. Was I? I tried to think that I
was. But a greater grief than the loss of the launch could have
engendered in me, filled my heart--a sullen, gnawing misery which I
tried to deny--which I refused to admit--but which persisted in
obsessing me until my heart rose and filled my throat, and I could not
speak when I would have uttered words of reassurance to my companions.
And then rage came to my relief--rage against the vile traitor who had
deserted three of his fellow countrymen in so frightful a position. I
tried to feel an equal rage against the woman, but somehow I could not,
and kept searching for excuses for her--her youth, her inexperience,
My rising anger swept away my temporary helplessness. I smiled, and
told Taylor not to look so glum.
"We will follow them," I said, "and the chances are that we shall
overtake them. They will not travel as rapidly as Snider probably
hopes. He will be forced to halt for fuel and for food, and the launch
must follow the windings of the river; we can take short cuts while
they are traversing the detour. I have my map--thank God! I always
carry it upon my person--and with that and the compass we will have an
advantage over them."
My words seemed to cheer them both, and they were for starting off at
once in pursuit. There was no reason why we should delay, and we set
forth down the river. As we tramped along, we discussed a question
that was uppermost in the mind of each--what we should do with Snider
when we had captured him, for with the action of pursuit had come the
optimistic conviction that we should succeed. As a matter of fact, we
had to succeed. The very thought of remaining in this utter wilderness
for the rest of our lives was impossible.
We arrived at nothing very definite in the matter of Snider's
punishment, since Taylor was for shooting him, Delcarte insisting that
he should be hanged,
monster and bolted for the nearest tree; and then the bear charged.Page 4
Brady was a brave man.Page 8
Tippet was on guard.Page 16
Was the fort still there, or did the smoke arise from the smoldering embers of the building they had helped to fashion for the housing of their party? Who could say! Thirty precious minutes that seemed as many hours to the impatient men were consumed in locating a precarious way from the summit to the base of the cliffs that bounded the plateau upon the south, and then once again they struck off upon level ground toward their goal.Page 23
You cannot escape.Page 24
Slowly he descended the ladder to the seemingly deserted alley which was paved with what appeared to be large, round cobblestones.Page 27
He dared not use his pistol for fear that once they discovered its power he would be overcome by weight of numbers and relieved of possession of what he considered his trump card, to be reserved until the last moment that it might be used to aid in his escape, for already the Englishman was planning, though almost hopelessly, such an attempt.Page 28
The Englishman soon realized that the battle was going against him.Page 30
Bradley opened the door a little farther and looked in both directions.Page 31
"Who are you," he asked, "and from where do you come? Do not tell me that you are a Wieroo.Page 32
"Do you mean they will kill you?" asked Bradley.Page 37
"There is a way out! There is a way out!" Dragging itself to his side the creature slumped upon the Englishman's breast.Page 55
As the Wieroos approached the figure upon the dais, they leaned far forward, raising their wings above their heads and stretching their necks as though offering them to the sharp swords of the grim and hideous creature.Page 57
" "Bosh!" exclaimed Bradley, and then: "But you were going to knife him yourself.Page 60
"There is a legend current among my people that once the Wieroo were unlike us only in that they possessed rudimentary wings.Page 64
"An-Tak was away, hunting, when the Wieroo caught me.Page 67
"But it is not," the girl reminded him, and then: "Let us make the best of it.Page 75
Schwartz was almost upon Bradley with gun clubbed and ready to smash down upon the Englishman's skull.Page 80
" Bradley did as he was bid, and the two stood with arms folded as the line of warriors approached.Page 84
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